Bulls @ Bobcats 6pm on CSN+

The Bobcats presently own two games against the Bulls, but that was a different Bobcats team.   A Bobcats team that had a lot of length and athleticism and could switch easily or trap aggressively.   Gerald Wallace is gone, Stephen Jackson decided he's hurt, and the Bobcats don't seem to have much left to attack the Bulls with.

That said, two caveats apply.  
1: The Bulls can still lose on the road to anyone.
2: The Bulls have had a tendency to play down to opponents (look at how the Hornets hung around without Chris Paul).

Even so, I predict an easy win

Keys to the game

Too big, too strong, too fast, too good

The Bulls have immensely more talent on the offensive end than the Bobcats, so they simply need to play their game.   Bring the focus, energy, rebounding, and defense, and this game should be over early.

The Bobcats have only beaten the Kings since the trade, and Stephen Jackson was still suiting up at the time before deciding he was injured because the Bobcats completely threw in the towel on the season and traded Gerald Wallace.

Watch out for the guys with something to prove

The Bobcats are lacking proven talent, but what they do have are a lot of young guys with something to prove.   Guys playing for future paychecks or just to show they belong in the league.   These guys aren't likely to quit because the team is missing the playoffs, they haven't been in the league long enough, nor is their place assured enough, to let up.  

Final thoughts

Not much to think about or sell you on this game, the Bulls should win easily.   We've seen the occasional crazy loss, but I don't expect one tonight.

[update, it's CSN+ not CSN.   Really?   The Blackhawks are getting more priority than the Bulls 2 days after the Bulls broke the record for highest rated broadcast ever for CSN?  CSN+ is 666 on Direct TV, not sure what you other folks need to turn to]

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  • We need a blowout so our guys can rest up a bit the Hornets game was an indication that they were tired from 5 games in 7 nights!!

    IM A CLIPPERS FAN TONIGHT!!! While I dont think the Bulls will pass Boston I don't think it's completely out of the question so go Clips!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Isn't everyone a Clippers fan as a second team now they have Blake Griffin? :)

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I'm not a huge Blake fan, he is amazingly talented and a freak of nature athletically but I don't think he follows the unwritten NBA code of Rooks having respect for the Vets.

    But if I had to choose a team in the west it'd be the post-melo Nugz!!! They are a fun team to watch!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    you and me both, seems to have this entitlement about him, and more arrogant than confident

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Hopefully the Bulls won't be too full of themselves and be thrown off track with the newly found pressure that their owner has put on them with the 4+ championships prediction.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    LOL get your check book ready Jerry! That desire for 4+ championships is going to sting a little, but the Bulls make you $50M a year in profits, how about reinvesting it in the team that actually makes you the $, not your White Sox soiled brats! :-)

  • In reply to smiley:

    Troy, I knew you were a cubs fan... you are just so Wrigley-ish.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Actually, its about time the dollars went to the sox.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    It's almost like the Bulls sized up Charlotte in the first half to figure out how to shut them down in the second half. Either that, or they were just bored and didn't decide to take the game seriously until halfway through the 3rd quarter.

  • In reply to magestew:

    i think thibs saves a lot for the second half, or waits to make adjustments at halftime a lot, to spring stuff on other teams with out them having a lot of time to adjust during the game. just seems like we get better against each specific team the more we play them, also. bodes well for the playoffs.

  • In reply to magestew:

    The Bulls have collectively taken on the identities of their coach and their best player. They have Thibs' intensity and attention to detail. But, like Rose, they're confident without being cocky, extremely competitive without being greedy. What I mean by that is: if Rose can score 15 points and still win, he won't go for 30. He just wants to win. He doesn't have to annihilate. The team seems to be the same way. With a few exceptions where either the other team was just abysmal or the Bulls happened to be shooting lights out, this team seems content to win comfortably as opposed to totally embarrassing the opposition.

  • In reply to smiley:

    The Bulls have apparently made a conscious decision to not play any defense tonight.

  • In reply to smiley:

    So far the Bobcats are hitting ridiculous shots.. Henderson is playing out of his mind. I never go into a game expecting any NBA team to blow out another, most all NBA games regardless of the disparity between teams stay relatively close. It's a product of an 82 game season, you simply cannot play 100% for 328 quarters. That being said, I do go into games like this fully expecting the Bulls(Vastly better team) to win. Expecting and requesting blowouts is simply unrealistic.

  • In reply to smiley:

    Noah showing his ball handling skills. That will be a big factor in the playoffs. He looks like he is ready to breakout his 10-15 footers in this game.

  • In reply to smiley:

    Maybe we talked up the bench too much earlier today because, despite Taj's scoring, they've been outplayed by Charlotte's no-name reserves.

  • In reply to smiley:

    Hopefully Deng is ok...he was limping around...

  • In reply to smiley:

    Clippers beating up on Boston...I guess Vinny knows how to play tough against Boston

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    clippers are 3x more athletic than boston. on the right night, they are a nightmare for them.

  • In reply to smiley:

    FUCK BOOZER IS HURT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to smiley:

    Boozer will be out for a while, somebody jinxed the team... i wonder who???

  • In reply to Reese1:

    LeBron?

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Owners should be neither seen nor heard just let them open the wallet.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    yeah, let the superfans wear the coconuts and declare a minimum eightpeat.

  • In reply to smiley:

    I think hes going to be gone the rest of the season! That was bad people cant give him shit about this injury holy crap

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Well I dont think he broke anything and it didnt appear to be his knee. Could be a high ankle sprain however. Hope Korver can carry that performance for the next few games.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    X-Rays are negative, they're calling it an ankle sprain...though nothing more specific than that.

  • In reply to walrus:

    Which ankle was it last time? I know you'll remember.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    It was the left last time and this time.

  • In reply to walrus:

    Boston lost. We are 1.5 games behind the standings

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Channel 285 for Comcast customers in chicago.....Bulls should win easily.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Looks like Stephen Jackson is also out tonight along with Tyrus Thomas and mediocre big men Diop and Pryzbilla. These seem to be the games, though, where the Bulls get sloppy. Let's put this team away early and let the bench have some fun.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I'm hoping to see the "White Mamba" tonight! :) "Don't do em like that Scalabrine" LOL That was just epic.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I agree UtahBullsFan Blake is a cocky SOB but like you said he is a athletic freak who is mainly on his athletism.
    The Kings are my 2nd team because I lived there for a # of years and love the fans their...sad that they will probably be going to SoCal for not 2, but 3 teams in that area of the country! :-(

  • In reply to smiley:

    I wish they would move to Vegas!!! I'd be able to watch my Bulls twice a year and have an excuse to go to vegas!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    And with the way the Jordancats are playing, that Charlotte draft pick is looking very valuable...

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    in five years...

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    " @johnhollinger Of note from today's Playoff Odds: Hawks could drop to No. 7 in East due to difficult closing schedule. But ATL likely wins ties vs NY, Phi about 3 hours ago"

    Not exactly a first round matchup that I would be extremely excited about!! I think we would win in 6 though

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    The Bobcats do look like a team that it should be possible to blow out. NO are still a good defensive team without Chris Paul, the Bobcats minus Wallace don't seen to be. Still given the lack of offensive talent on the Bobcats it's also a team the Bulls should be able to hold in the 80s.

    So hopefully an easy win and not a grind it out game. Would be nice to get something easy on the road.

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